Education, parents


Parents, I know you are faced with uncertainty this year as we are still battling a pandemic. You trying to figure out should I allow my child to attend school in-person or virtual? If in-person, will my child be safe? How is the set-up of the classroom? What is the school protocol for the virus? It is tough times we are facing in our education system. Just know that you should always do what you feel is best for your child. Remember, this is all new for everyone, from administers to educators to students to parents. We are all in the same boat navigating these waters.

Getting your child ready for back to school may be in-person or virtual can be challenging. Your child most likely has been out of school since spring break and doing virtual learning from home. They have been out of routine for quite some time. They pretty much had an early summer break being home for almost five months. Now that time has come again for us to be ready for yet another school.

The school year will go by as quickly as it has started. However, parents wonder what I need to get my child ready for B2S (Back 2 School). Since Covid19, they have been at home and living their best life to an extent away from school but probably missing their friends. They have been allowed to go to bed late, eat anything, play video games, be on social media, and watch as much Netflix as possible. They have been totally out of sync ever since school has ended. Now you need to get them back in a routine and ready for the first day of school.

Here are five essential tips for parents as you prepare for the first day of school:

  1. Schedule a bedtime and wake-up routine in advance. This is very important and will be your guide as your child get ready for school. A goodnight rest is essential for their learning and performance in the classroom and online.
  2. Organize school clothing in advance. Decide in advance what you are donating and keeping in regards to clothes. Nothing is more stressful for your child, having to search through a pile of clothes that don’t fit them anymore. Teach them to prep the night before so that they can have a leisurely morning. This applies to both in-person and virtual learning. We definitely can’t have our children lounging in pajamas all day long.
  3. Plan healthy lunches and snacks. They have probably been eating junk food all summer, but don’t worry; there is still time to get back on track. Ensure your child has a balanced meal of fruits, veggies, and wholesome items such as grains and meat. The healthy eating will allow for energy to fuel their brains for learning.
  4. Designate a Central Area. It is essential to have a place where you can post important information for your child’s school, such as school calendars, menu, due dates for projects, and any other important documents. Keep that area clutter-free and updated. This will help your family stay on track during the school year.
  5. Talk to your child about bullying.  Unfortunately, cyberbullying ison the rise in our schools, and there is no way to avoid it but by informing our children and ensuring that they have a safe place to report. Let them know they should never be scared to report any bullying, mostly if done to them. Provide a haven at home for your child to come and talk to you without any judgment.
  6. Talk to them about COVID19– Remember to wear your mask, wash your hands, don’t share food or items, and physical distance at least 6 feet apart. It will be hard because kids want to hang with their friends and be within reach by nature. So make sure you have a quarantine plan in place if you or your child should catch Covid19.

    I hope you will find these tips helpful as you get going with the school year. Make sure to stay involved throughout the school year and know your child’s teacher. Be an active parent or guardian in the learning, and you will see your child soar.


    MG Consultant
    Effective Learning Experience
    Advocacy. Collaborate. Team Building  


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